Triple Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, who starred in films like Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans and Lincoln, announced his retirement from acting.
The movie star’s agent released a statement saying Day-Lewis “will no longer work as an actor.”
He explained that it was a “private decision” and that the actor felt “immensely grateful to all his collaborators and his audience.”
However, the agent announced that Day-Lewis will not give more details about it.
The 60-year-old, who has British and Irish citizenship, won the Oscar for best actor three times for his roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood Y Lincoln.
Son ofel poeta Cecil Day-Lewis (1904-1972), considered one of the most relevant Anglo-Irish authors of the 20th century, Daniel made his film debut as a teenager, in 1971, in the film Sunday Bloody Sunday.
He began to gain critical attention with supporting roles in My Beautiful Launderette in which he played a working-class homosexual who has an interracial relationship and A Room With a View, a period film in which he plays an aristocrat.
His first leading role came with The Unbearable Lightness of Being, based on the novel by Milan Kundera.
Day-Lewis stands out for her acting preparation method that involves an exhaustive investigation of the topic she is addressing and a total immersion in the character she plays, many times to the detriment of their own health.
For example, for his role as Gerry Conlon, a man falsely imprisoned for an attack he did not commit, in In the name of the Father, Day-Lewis lost 30 kilos in weight, spent a long time in isolation and demanded the film crew to throw buckets of ice water on him and insult him.
For The Last of the Mohicans, he spent months in a wild area, learned to hunt and slaughter animals with a knife, and build a canoe with hand tools.
He received his first best actor Oscar in 1990 for his portrayal of Christy Brown, an Irish artist and writer affected with cerebral palsy, in My Left Foot.
Then he was the protagonist in The Last of the Mohicanss (1992), In the name of the Father (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002) the latter directed by Martin Scorsese.
His second Oscar was in 2008, for the role of oil tanker Daniel Plainwiew in There Will Be Blood, before landing his record third accolade for his portrayal of US President Abraham Lincoln in 2013.
In 2014 he received the title of british crown knight, awarded by Queen Elizabeth II.
On that occasion, he declared feeling “completely surprised and delighted in the same way”, in receiving the honor.
Despite his announced retirement, he will star in one last film: Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, about the world of London fashion in the 50s.